Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting Week is October 1-8, 2022

Absentee Voting Week is October 1-8, 2022. Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2022 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In some states voter registration and ballot request deadlines for the November 2022 are as early as October 5.  Whether you are a first-time voter or ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: Closures Related to Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral on Monday, September 19, 2022

Message to U.S. Citizens:  Closures Related to Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral on Monday, September 19, 2022 (September 16, 2022) Location:  United Kingdom In observance of the State Funeral of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and resulting UK bank holiday, many shops, pharmacies, groceries, and other food outlets will be closed ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Services, Including Visa, Passport and Citizenship Services, Temporarily Unavailable on Monday, September 19, 2022

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Consular Services, Including Visa, Passport and Citizenship Services, Temporarily Unavailable on Monday, September 19, 2022. The U.S. Embassy in London and the U.S. Consulates General in Belfast and Edinburgh will be closed on Monday, September 19, 2022, due to the bank holiday announced for the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen ... Read More»

Statement from U.S. Ambassador Jane Hartley on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

On behalf of the American people and the U.S. Embassy community, I express my deepest condolences to the Royal Family on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We grieve with the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. There has been no greater steward of the alliance of friendship and cooperation between ... Read More»

Ambassador Hartley’s Speech to The Pilgrims Society of Great Britain

September 7, 2022 Mansion House “I’m committed to represent the best of America and to strengthen the values we share with the United Kingdom. Freedom, democracy, opportunity and to ensure our relationship stays strong. And that includes working closely with leaders across the United Kingdom.” Ambassador Jane Hartley: My Lords, ladies and gentlemen, it is ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Edinburgh Passport and Citizenship Services Temporarily Unavailable (September 12-16, 2022)

Message to U.S. Citizens:  Passport and Citizenship Services Temporarily Unavailable (September 12-16) Location:  Scotland, United Kingdom The U.S. Consulate General Edinburgh will be closed for passport and citizenship services for the week commencing Monday, September 12; for urgent passport or citizenship needs during this week please contact the U.S. Embassy London by . Normal consular ... Read More»

Ambassador Jane Hartley presents her credentials to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

On July 19, Ambassador Jane Hartley went to Buckingham Palace to present her credentials to Her Majesty The Queen, who appeared live on video from Windsor Castle. Hartley previously served as United States ambassador to France and Monaco from 2014 – 2017 during the Obama administration. Ambassador Hartley is the 63rd ambassador to the court ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: July Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2022 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2022 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2022.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy London

Location:  Countrywide Event:  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for  Monkeypox in Multiple Countries .​​ Actions to Take: Travelers should AVOID : Close contact with sick people, including those with skin lesions or genital lesions. Contact with dead or live wild animals such as small mammals including rodents (rats, squirrels) and non-human primates (monkeys, ... Read More»

Uniting for Ukraine

On April 21, 2022, the United States announced a key step toward fulfilling President Biden’s commitment to welcome Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion. Uniting for Ukraine provides a pathway for Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members who are outside the United States to come to the United States and stay temporarily in a two-year period ... Read More»

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Kerry’s Travel to Norway and the United Kingdom

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 4, 2022 Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to Oslo from May 6-7 and London from May 8-11 to engage with government counterparts to accelerate cooperation to address the climate crisis, including ocean-climate linkages such as green shipping, conserving and restoring forests, reducing global methane ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin’s Travel to Ukraine

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 25, 2022 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III visited Kyiv, Ukraine yesterday to demonstrate the United States’ unwavering commitment to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in their struggle against Russian aggression. While in ... Read More»

Joint Statement on U.S. – UK Dialogue on the Future of Atlantic Trade in Aberdeen

April 26, 2022 ABERDEEN – On April 25 and 26 United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai and United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan hosted the second U.S. – UK Dialogue on the Future of Atlantic Trade in Aberdeen, Scotland. The Dialogue follows President Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement last year ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken And UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss At a Joint Press Availability

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss at a Joint Press Availability REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 9, 2022 SECRETARY BLINKEN: It’s very good to see everyone here today, and especially good to see my colleague and friend, Foreign Secretary Truss. Liz and I ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: United States Bans Imports of Russian Oil, Liquefied Natural Gas, and Coal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 8, 2022 FACT SHEET: United States Bans Imports of Russian Oil, Liquefied Natural Gas, and Coal Today, President Biden will sign an Executive Order (E.O.) to ban the import of Russian oil, liquefied natural gas, and coal to the United States – a significant action with widespread bipartisan support that will ... Read More»

Information for U.S. Citizens in Ukraine

As the situation in Ukraine continues to unfold, we encourage U.S. citizens in Ukraine and family members to review the information provided on this page for resources and contact details for immediate assistance. U.S. citizens in Ukraine should complete  this online form  so that the State Department can communicate with you. U.S. citizens seeking to depart Ukraine can also call ... Read More»

Readout of Vice President Harris’s Calls with European Leaders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2022 Vice President Kamala Harris today had five separate calls with European leaders from NATO’s eastern flank to discuss our collective response to Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The Vice President spoke individually with: Prime Minister Kaja Kallas of Estonia; Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins of Latvia; Prime Minister ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Further Restrictive Economic Measures

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2022 We, the leaders of the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States condemn Putin’s war of choice and attacks on the sovereign nation and people of Ukraine. We stand with the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian people in their heroic efforts to resist ... Read More»

Statement by President Biden on Russia’s Unprovoked and Unjustified Attack on Ukraine

The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will ... Read More»

How Black History Month came to be

Black communities didn’t need a week or a month dedicated to their history in order to remember and treasure it, says historian Matthew Delmont of Dartmouth University. “They kept it in diaries and family records, in black newspapers, and through stories,” says Delmont, who is busy each February speaking to groups in schools and corporations ... Read More»

We are holding an Auction!

The U.S. Embassy, London, UK is selling surplus property including the listed government owned vehicle via online auction: 2008 VOLVO S80 3.2 LUX SE AUTOMATIC PETROL BLUE RH DRIVE Auction opens for bidding 08:00am (BST), Monday, May 23 & closes 4:00pm (BST), Friday, May 27, 2022. Surplus Property are being sold according to the regulations of the U.S. Department ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Reeker Thanksgiving Speech at St. Paul’s Cathedral

“Some 43 years on, one of the most touching moments since the Secretary of State dispatched me to lead the U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom was on September 11, when Her Majesty The Queen asked that our national anthem be played during the Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle, to mark the 20th ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Liverpool, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Honolulu

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 8, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Hawaii from December 9-17, 2021. Secretary Blinken will first travel to Liverpool, United Kingdom, December 10-12 to attend the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting. The Secretary looks forward to ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Reeker at The 2021 Marine Ball

“To all of our British brothers and sisters in arms who are here tonight – I want to thank every single one of you for making us all feel so welcome in your home country, and for all you do to contribute to this very special relationship that exists between us – both in the ... Read More»

Transcript: U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on International Maritime Organization Assembly

Monday, December 6, 2021 Hello, I’m U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. As countries come together for the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization, I want to echo the U.S. statement delivered eloquently by Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. The IMO has been central to addressing maritime challenges around safety, oil spill ... Read More»

U.S. to expand vaccine production by 1 billion doses

The Biden-Harris administration is working to ramp up global COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing by 1 billion doses a year to share with the world. “We’re taking another major step to bolster vaccine manufacturing both for this pandemic and to prepare for any future threats,” White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients said November 17. The administration ... Read More»

U.S. Thanksgiving resembles festivals around the world

The holiday of Thanksgiving may seem uniquely American, but it echoes fall festivals that have been held throughout the world for centuries. Like its cousins Sukkot, Chuseok, Day of the Dead and others, Thanksgiving centers around giving thanks for the harvest, enjoying bountiful food and spending time with family and friends. Harvest festivals started in an agrarian era, when ... Read More»

U.S. innovators use AI to protect land and ocean habitats

When Hunter Connell’s California hometown burned in a 2017 wildfire, she committed herself to helping to mitigate the climate crisis . Connell and other U.S. innovators are using the technology of artificial intelligence to address the negative effects of climate change. An environmental engineer, Connell founded Terrafuse AI — a climate change forecasting startup — to develop the tools needed ... Read More»

Blanket Purchase Order (BPA) for local removals services

Subject:  Local Removals Services The U.S. Embassy London intends to issue a Blanket Purchase Order (BPA) for local removals services.  Please note that a BPA is not a standard Purchase Order or contract as there is no financial commitment; rather, it acts as an over-arching agreement which allows the persons named on the order to ... Read More»

Protecting the climate and creating jobs

The United States is addressing the climate crisis while creating jobs to boost the economy. Speaking at a Chatham House event on the urgency of global climate action , Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry called the solutions to climate change “the greatest economic opportunity we’ve seen on this planet since the Industrial Revolution.” Green jobs contribute to the conservation of the planet. Top ... Read More»

American baseball steps up to the plate on climate

U.S. baseball teams aren’t just committed to America’s national past time — they’re also serious about tackling the climate crisis. “We can’t just keep adding carbon to the atmosphere and not offsetting it,” Brent Suter, a pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers told The New York Times . Suter and other Major League Baseball figures work with the nonprofit Players for the Planet . ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens:  Disruptions in Glasgow and Edinburgh During COP26

Location:  Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) will take place in Glasgow October 31-November 12, 2021.  This may cause disruptions in transportation and other routine public services throughout the Glasgow and Edinburgh metropolitan areas.  Large protests are expected to take place throughout the duration of the conference.  U.S. Consulate ... Read More»

Remarks of SPEC John Kerry “Winning the Decisive Decade” London School of Economics, London, UK

To Director Minouche Shafik – thank you so much for that generous introduction. Nick – Sir Nick —it’s wonderful to be here. Thank you for your leadership of the Grantham Research Institute and on climate. It is always special to come back to LSE. I’m proud to tell you my daughter Vanessa, now CEO of ... Read More»

Delivering on the promise of democracy

The United States is working to ensure that democratic governments deliver for all the people of the Americas, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. In a major speech October 20 in Quito, Ecuador, Blinken defended democracy as the best means of empowering people to tackle pressing problems. Democratic governments have delivered unprecedented peace and prosperity ... Read More»

On the State Department’s Creation of a Public Webpage Dedicated to Data-Informed Diplomacy

The U.S. Department of State has launched a central, online destination dedicated to demonstrating how the Department is enabling data-informed diplomacy. The landing page, , provides public access to the latest information about how the Department is enabling its global workforce with the data and analytics capabilities required to achieve its diplomatic mission. The Department’s ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken And International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi Before Their Meeting

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Well, good afternoon, everyone. I am very pleased to be here with the Director General of the IAEA Rafael Grossi. It’s a pleasure to have you at the State Department, to have you in Washington. The United States strongly supports the work of the IAEA. It is critical to helping to maintain international ... Read More»

2021 UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26)

The fight against climate change may well be the biggest challenge we have ever faced – and it will require a call to arms like no other in history. . Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Philip T. Reeker The United Kingdom is hosting the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow ... Read More»

Royal Navy Frocks U.S. Marine General aboard UK’s HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier

“This is, not only, the first time I have conducting such a ceremony, but it also the first time in living memory that a prestigious event such as this has taken part on a British warship. Brigadier General Doran has been an integral part of this deployment, so it seems fitting that he is frocked ... Read More»

These countries’ commitments will help our climate

The United States is among the many nations committing to major greenhouse gas reductions ahead of the  2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference  (COP26) this November. “More and more countries are emboldening their commitments to climate action — and they’re reaping the benefits for their people and their economies,”  said U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry  in July while in London. What is an NDC? A nationally determined ... Read More»

U.S. joins allies to address COVID-19, climate and infrastructure

Countries around the world are coming together to build back a more inclusive, environmentally friendly world and strengthen economies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled to Paris to chair the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) annual Ministerial Council Meeting. He also met with European Union leaders ... Read More»

Promoting human rights is essential to U.S. policy

In the 80 years since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his  Four Freedoms speech  — citing freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear — the United States has made these democratic principles central to its foreign policy. Today, the United States continues to champion human rights as a critical component of U.S. ... Read More»

5 experiments aboard the International Space Station

The  International Space Station  is an orbiting laboratory that has  hosted astronaut-scientists for 20 years . To date, researchers from around the world have conducted some 3,000 experiments aboard the station. Today’s crew will run 250 experiments by the time its six-month voyage ends October 16. The results have the potential to aid future space exploration and improve life on Earth. Take a closer look ... Read More»

Scientists honored for 2005 research that led to COVID-19 vaccines

Two scientists with the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) whose 2005 work was critical in the development of the current COVID-19 vaccines recently won prestigious biomedical research honors, known as the Lasker Awards. The 2021 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award honors two scientists: Drew Weissman, a professor of vaccine research at Penn, and Katalin Karikó , a senior ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Reeker on Winning the Race to Net Zero: Journey to COP26

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim Philip T. Reeker at the U.S. & UK Climate Change Business Forum Winning the Race to Net Zero: Journey to COP26 September 22, 2021   (As delivered) Chargé d’Affaires Reeker:   Thanks to everyone for staying after what’s been a pretty packed day.  We’ve heard a lot of important discussions ... Read More»

Readout of President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s Meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 21, 2021 President Biden met today with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom at the White House. This meeting reaffirmed the strong bond between the United States and the United Kingdom, as the leaders agreed to continue working together to fulfill the vision set forward in the Atlantic Charter. ... Read More»

Remarks by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Before the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. United States of America New York, New York September 21, 2021 AS DELIVERED Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, my fellow delegates, to all those who dedicate themselves to this noble mission of this institution: It’s my honor to speak to you for the first time as President of the United States. ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden, Prime Minister Morrison of Australia, and Prime Minister Johnson of the United Kingdom Announcing the Creation of AUKUS

PRIME MINISTER MORRISON: Well, good morning from Australia. I’m very pleased to join two great friends of freedom and of Australia: Prime Minister Johnson and President Biden. Today, we join our nations in a next-generation partnership built on a strong foundation of proven trust. We have always seen the world through a similar lens. We ... Read More»

Opening Remarks by Secretary Antony J. Blinken Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Mr. Chairman, thank you very much. And Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member McCaul, thank you for today. I welcome this opportunity to discuss our policy on Afghanistan, including where we are, how (inaudible), and where we’re going in the weeks and months ahead. For 20 years, Congress has conducted oversight and provided funding for ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Caryn McClelland Remarks Marking the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park London September 11, 2021   Dear Friends As an American, it is difficult to put into words how profoundly moving it is to be in the United Kingdom on this day, and to stand alongside America’s most steadfast of friends, as we commemorate, together, that harrowing moment twenty years ago, when so ... Read More»

“And Yet We Rise: 20 Years of Remembrance & Reflection” Exhibit Launch

Remarks from Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim Philip T. Reeker, at the “And Yet We Rise: 20 Years of Remembrance & Reflection” Exhibit Launch September 09, 2021   (As delivered) Chargé d’Affaires Reeker: Thank you everyone for joining us this evening. It means a lot to have so many of our close partners and friends with ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on the End of the War in Afghanistan

State Dining Room 3:28 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Last night in Kabul, the United States ended 20 years of war in Afghanistan — the longest war in American history. We completed one of the biggest airlifts in history, with more than 120,000 people evacuated to safety. That number is more than double what most experts ... Read More»

Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Biden’s Meeting with G7 Leaders

The White House Briefing Room August 22, 2021 President Biden will virtually meet with G7 leaders on August 24, 2021. The leaders will discuss continuing our close coordination on Afghanistan policy and evacuating our citizens, the brave Afghans who stood with us over the last two decades, and other vulnerable Afghans. They will also discuss plans to provide ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Situation of Women and Girls in Afghanistan

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 18, 2021 This statement has been co-signed by Albania, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, European Union, Honduras, Guatemala, North Macedonia, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Senegal, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.  Begin Text: We are deeply worried about ... Read More»

How Russia’s ‘foreign agents’ law silences dissent

Harassment and censorship of independent media and government critics is common in the Russian Federation. A so-called “foreign agents” law, passed in 2012 and repeatedly expanded, allows the Justice Ministry to label groups or individuals “foreign agents,” exposing them to fines and harassment that stymie their work. In July, Russian authorities prosecuted  human rights advocate Semyon Simonov , who exposed ... Read More»

Winning the Race to Zero: Journey to COP26

  The Event This two-day hybrid in-person and livestream event brings together key government and business leaders from the United States, United Kingdom and Europe to highlight real-world technology driven solutions to tackle the climate change crisis. Key Sectors will include Design and Construction, Energy, Environmental Technology, Transportation and Green Finance. Date & Location 22-23 ... Read More»

Defending technology from authoritarian abuse

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is urging democracies to ensure the responsible development of artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies to prevent their misuse by authoritarian regimes. In a  July 13 speech  to the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Global Emerging Technology Summit, Blinken said emerging technologies should be used to strengthen democratic values, not enable ... Read More»

Major democracies launch values-based infrastructure partnership

The United States and other major democracies will support infrastructure projects that provide sustainable benefits for developing countries. The Build Back Better World (B3W) Partnership, announced at the Group of Seven (G7) conference in June, seeks to address the $40 trillion infrastructure gap in the developing world and to advance economic recovery after the COVID-19 ... Read More»

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Kerry to Travel to the United Kingdom and Italy

JULY 16, 2021 Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to London, United Kingdom from July 20 to July 21, 2021. While in London, he will deliver remarks on the urgency of global climate action on Tuesday, July 20, at 3:00 p.m. BST at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  The event will be live-streamed at .  Media wishing to request accreditation and participate in person should ... Read More»

U.S. governments large and small go green

In the United States, governments are addressing climate change, from local to federal and everywhere in between. “The United States isn’t waiting,” said President Biden on April 22 during the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate opening session. “We are resolving to take action — [not only the] federal government, but our cities and our states ... Read More»

Defense Department Will Provide Options for ‘Operation Allies Refuge’

For 20 years in Afghanistan, brave Afghan nationals lent assistance to the military operations led by American service personnel. With operations in that country closing out by the end of August, the U.S. government has made plans to move those civilians and their families to other locations. As part of “Operation Allies Refuge,” by the ... Read More»

U.S. seeks to block Chinese government surveillance

The United States is increasing efforts to prevent the People’s Republic of China from exploiting U.S. capital markets to fund its military modernization, surveillance and human rights abuses. On July 9, the U.S. Department of Commerce  blacklisted 14 PRC-based entities  that enabled the Chinese government’s repression, mass detention and high-tech surveillance of Uyghurs, who are predominantly Muslim, and members ... Read More»

Fifth Anniversary of the Arbitral Tribunal Ruling on the South China Sea

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 11, 2021 Freedom of the seas is an enduring interest of all nations and is vital to global peace and prosperity. The international community has long benefited from the rules-based maritime order, where international law, as reflected in the UN Law of the Sea Convention, sets ... Read More»

U.S. reaffirms trans-Atlantic and NATO ties with Europe

The United States is working with allies across Europe to counter human rights abuses, preserve democracy and tackle climate change. On his trip to Germany, France, Italy and the Vatican, Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the United States’ long-lasting relationships with each of the countries and the United States’ commitment to strengthening the NATO ... Read More»

U.S. to Maintain Robust Over-the-Horizon Capability for Afghanistan if Needed

Following the safe and orderly drawdown of forces and equipment from Afghanistan by the end of August, the Defense Department plans to maintain robust over-the-horizon capability if needed, the Pentagon press secretary said. John F. Kirby held a press briefing today, discussing Afghanistan support and assistance to the Department of Homeland Security at the Southwest ... Read More»

America leads in higher education

Eight U.S. universities made the “top 10” in a global ranking of universities. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 ranks the best universities in the world, rating them on teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The  annual ranking  assesses more than 1,500 institutions of higher learning across 93 countries and regions. This year Oxford University in ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Allocation Plan for 55 Million Doses to be Shared Globally

These doses are the remaining part of the 80 million President Biden pledged to allocate by the end of June Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing the distribution list for 55 million of the 80 million doses of America’s own vaccine supply President Biden has pledged to allocate by the end of June in service ... Read More»

10th Anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the unanimous endorsement by the UN Human Rights Council of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). Press Statement Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State June 16, 2021 Today marks the tenth anniversary of the unanimous endorsement by the UN Human Rights Council of the UN ... Read More»

Consulate Belfast is Holding A Car Auction

The U.S. Consulate, Belfast is selling surplus government owned vehicles in accordance with U.S. Department of State regulations via a web-based online auction. The following items comprise this online auction: 2011 FORD MONDEO TITANIUM 2.2 TDCi AUTOMATIC DIESEL BLUE RH DRIVE 2010 CHRYSLER 300 CRD SRT 3.0 SEDAN AUTOMATIC DIESEL BLACK RH DRIVE Auction bidding opens at 08:30am ... Read More»

The G7 Summit in Pictures

June 13, 2021 – President Biden Meets HM Queen Elizabeth II June 12, 2021 – G7 Summit – The Red Arrows Display June 12, 2021 -G7 Leaders and Guests Plenary Session 4 Health June 11, 2021 – President Biden and Dr Biden Meet HM the Queen at the CEO cocktail reception at the Eden Project, ... Read More»

Joint Statement by the Secretary of State of the US, the Foreign Secretary of the UK , and the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, and Italy

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 25, 2021 The following statement was released by United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Syria’s presidential election. Begin text: We, the Foreign ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: US Administration is Providing at least 80 million COVID-19 Vaccines for Global Use.

These actions will: Protect Americans. Put us on a path to end the Pandemic. Reduce Variants. Demonstrate Leadership. Today, the President reaffirmed his commitment to leading an international and coordinated vaccination effort, announcing that the U.S. will donate 80 million U.S. vaccines – the 60 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines previously announced and at least ... Read More»

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB)

“The United States supports the empowerment of the transgender and gender non-conforming community. We will continue to work with civil society, like-minded governments, and other human rights defenders to combat the criminalization of LGBTQI+ status, protect vulnerable LGBTQI+ refugees and asylum seekers, advance non-discrimination, and provide meaningful responses to human rights abuses of LGBTQI+ persons. ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Virtual Remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Multilateralism

When countries came together after World War II to form the United Nations, virtually all of human history up till then indicated that might made right.  Competition inevitably led to collision.  The rise of a nation or group of nations necessitated the fall of others. Then our nations united in choosing a different path.  We ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at a Joint Press Availability

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NO. 9 DOWNING LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM MAY 3, 2021 FOREIGN SECRETARY RAAB: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for joining us. It’s a huge pleasure to welcome Secretary of State Blinken to the UK. Tony, it’s great to have you here with us. SECRETARY BLINKEN: Thank ... Read More»

U.S. and COVAX: Vaccinating the world

COVAX, an international partnership dedicated to equitable global access to vaccines, aims to distribute 2 billion doses of vaccine against COVID-­19 by the end of 2021. COVAX is coordinated by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken says the United States is committed ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on the Passing of Prince Philip of the United Kingdom

Statement by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on the Passing of Prince Philip of the United Kingdom APRIL 09, 2021 On behalf of all the people of the United States, we send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the entire Royal Family, and all the people of the United ... Read More»

Across the Pond Book Club – April Selection

Hello Readers! Earth Day has been celebrated since 1970 and we’re commemorating its 51st anniversary by making The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert our book selection for April. Register for this month’s session here [–tpzotHL7uGmJt7E-MT1qnJ9-5VWY] Later this year, leaders from across the world will gather in the UK for the UN Climate ... Read More»

Easter traditions in America

This year on April 4, many American Christians will celebrate Easter — the oldest and most important holy day of the Christian calendar. Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians believe Jesus was raised from the dead three days after his crucifixion some 2,000 years ago. Many Christians observe a period of fasting and ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Release of the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 30, 2021 MR PRICE: Good afternoon. Today I have the privilege of welcoming back to the press briefing room Secretary Blinken. It’s especially a privilege today because the Secretary, as you know, is here to unveil the 2020 Human ... Read More»

Sanctions on Two Burmese Entities in Connection with the Military Regime

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 25, 2021 Members of the Burmese military have taken increasingly disturbing actions aimed at their own citizens since February 1. In response to the military’s refusal to disavow the coup and continuing violence against peaceful protestors, today the United States is taking its most significant action ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a Moderated Conversation with Rosa Balfour

“We sometimes forget that it is a truly remarkable institution, a remarkable initiative bringing together now 30 countries covering almost a billion people on a voluntary basis, and we come together around shared values of democracy, freedom, openness, and a rules-based international order to make sure that countries can move forward together peacefully.” REMARKS ANTONY ... Read More»

Blinken presses Beijing on violations of rules-based order

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is defending the rules-based international order in the face of the People’s Republic of China’s global threat to democratic values and human rights. In his first meeting with China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, Blinken stood up for the international system that promotes cooperation between countries and advances individual freedoms and ... Read More»

World Water Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 22, 2021 Water is an invaluable resource that we rely on for nearly everything we do. Reliable access to water underpins health, economic opportunity, and security in every country, and ensuring global access to safe and adequate water for basic needs is now more important than ... Read More»

Maintaining Permanent Residence Status during COVID-19

U.S. immigration law assumes that a person admitted to the United States as an immigrant will live in the United States permanently once they’ve become a lawful permanent resident (LPR). The current Presidential Proclamations restricting travel to the United States from the United Kingdom do not apply to LPR’s who have valid status. Therefore, if ... Read More»

China targets Uyghurs with sham trials, long sentences

The People’s Republic of China is stepping up baseless prosecutions of Uyghur and other Muslim minorities, sentencing innocent people to years in prison, a new report says. In a February 24 report, Human Rights Watch says that the PRC’s judicial system in Xinjiang has sentenced 250,000 Uyghur and other ethnic minorities to prison, and that ... Read More»

International partners empower NASA’s mission on Mars

When NASA’s Perseverance rover searches Mars for signs of ancient life it uses technology from partner nations across Europe. The 2,260-pound (1,025-kilogram) rover is armed with imaging and sensor equipment from France, Italy, Spain and Norway. “It’s on a mission of exploration, with elements contributed by our European partners to seek evidence of the possibility ... Read More»

Joint Statement: The United States and the United Kingdom are Working Together in the Fight Against Climate Change

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 8, 2021 Our countries are fully committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions no later than 2050. We urge all countries to take the steps needed to keep a 1.5 degree C temperature limit within reach, including through ambitious nationally determined contributions and long-term strategies to cut ... Read More»

Joint US-UK Statement on Suspension of Large Civilian Aircraft Tariffs

03/04/2021 WASHINGTON – The United States and the United Kingdom today released a joint statement announcing a four-month suspension of tariffs related to the ongoing large civilian aircraft dispute. “The United Kingdom and the United States are undertaking a four-month tariff suspension to ease the burden on industry and take a bold, joint step towards ... Read More»

Women in politics: A timeline

March is Women’s History Month. Here’s a look at political milestones for U.S. women. Gaining women’s right to vote (© Universal History Archive/UIG/Getty Images) 1851–1920. Women’s suffrage started out as an anti-slavery movement, with Elizabeth Cady Stanton (right) and Susan B. Anthony leading the way. Women got the vote in 1920. Getting elected to Congress ... Read More»

U.S. Sanctions and Other Measures Imposed on Russia in Response to Russia’s Use of Chemical Weapons

CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS ACT SANCTIONS Today, the Secretary of State determined that the Government of the Russian Federation has used a chemical weapon against its own nationals, in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. As a result, the following sanctions will be imposed (full or partial waivers are noted below) after the 15-day Congressional ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the 2021 High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

“The humanitarian crisis taking place in Yemen is the largest and most urgent in the world. Twenty million people, including millions of children, desperately need help. The United States is committed to doing our part, both to provide aid and to help address the obstacles standing in the way of humanitarian access.” REMARKS ANTONY J. ... Read More»

Free speech: Protecting citizens’ voices advances societies

The Chinese government sentenced a book publisher to three years in prison in February after she voiced support for a prominent critic of the Chinese Communist Party. Geng Xiaonan’s sentence came after the party arrested dozens of politicians and democracy advocates in Hong Kong in January. Authoritarian governments punish speech to protect their power. In ... Read More»

Newcastle choir Voices of Virtue in trans-Atlantic collaboration with the world-famous Howard Gospel Choir

Newcastle choir Voices of Virtue in trans-Atlantic collaboration with the world-famous Howard Gospel Choir Voices of Virtue will perform in ‘Let Freedom Sing’ a pre-recorded concert on Saturday 27 February at 7pm   To Register Click Here!   Presented by Northern Roots, the Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University, Washington, D.C., and Newcastle’s very own Voices of Virtue Choir come ... Read More»

BPA for Taxi Hailing service

The American Embassy intends to issue a Blanket Purchase Agreement(BPA) for on-call provision of taxi services via an App. The Embassy requires a supplier who can provide an app-based system which allows real-time and pre-scheduled hailing of licensed London official“Black Cab” taxis.Payment for journeys made will be by a monthly consolidated invoice so that there ... Read More»

Secretary Kerry Participates in the UN Security Council Open Debate on Climate and Security [Video]

The evidence, the science, is screaming at us, but just as humans have made the choices that brought us here, we can make the choices that take us to a better place. We can build resilience. We can even adapt to many of the projected impacts. REMARKS JOHN KERRY, SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE UNITED ... Read More»

Promoting Accountability for Those Responsible for Violence Against Protestors in Burma

The United States stands in solidarity with the people of Burma who came out across the country with courage and determination today to reject the military coup and voice their aspirations for a return to democratic governance, peace, and rule of law. We condemn the security forces’ brutal attacks on unarmed protesters, which resulted in ... Read More»

The U.S. fights coronavirus worldwide

The United States is working with the international community to respond to COVID-19 and prevent future pandemics. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken told a virtual meeting of the U.N. Security Council on February 17 that the United States is committed to working with global partners to expand vaccine manufacturing and access worldwide, including for ... Read More»

United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement

“Climate change and science diplomacy can never again be “add-ons” in our foreign policy discussions. Addressing the real threats from climate change and listening to our scientists is at the center of our domestic and foreign policy priorities.” PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE February 19, 2021 7:49 A.M. EST On January 20, ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Rocket Attacks in Erbil OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON

US Department of State February 16, 2021   The following statement was released by United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab following the February 15 attack in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region: ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on the Administration’s Response to the Coup in Burma

Last week, the United States helped bring together the U.N. Security Council, which issued a strong statement in support of Burmese democracy. And this week, we will use our renewed engagement on the Human Rights Council to strengthen the world’s commitment to human rights in Burma. Read More»

Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve.   The United States Capitol January 20, 2021 11:52 AM EST THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy London, UK

Location: United Kingdom and Northern Ireland Event: CDC To Require Negative COVID Test From Air Travelers From United Kingdom Effective on December 28, 2020, air passengers arriving from the United Kingdom (U.K.) must present a negative COVID test, via PCR or Antigen test, no more than 72 hours before departure from the U.K. to the United States. ... Read More»

The Inauguration of the President

The inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took place on Wednesday, 20 January 2021 and was the fifty-ninth Presidential Inauguration. Official information on the Presidential Inauguration is always available from the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies website . Related Websites Images from the Biden-Harris inauguration 59th Presidential Inauguration on Presidential Inaugurations , a Library of Congress American Memory web site The Constitution of the United States  of America White House  website ( ... Read More»

Security Alert: UK Government Raises National Security Threat Level to Severe

Location: United Kingdom Event: UK Government Raises National Security Threat Level to Severe As a precautionary measure, the government of the United Kingdom raised its national security threat level to severe on Tuesday, November 03.A threat level of severe means that an attack is highly likely. More information about U.K. threat levels is available at the  MI5 website . ... Read More»

COVID-19 Health Alert – U.S. Embassy London, United Kingdom – November 3, 2020

On October 31, Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined new restrictions in response to the continuing spread of coronavirus. In light of the new restrictions, the U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom has reduced some routine in-person consular services Read More»

The 2020 U.S. Election is just a few days away!

The 2020 U.S. Election is just days away!  Election day is November 3, 2020! Remember, U.S. embassies and consulates are NOT polling places. This means that you should not come to the Embassy in London or the Consulates in Belfast or Edinburgh on November 3 to cast your vote. Click here to visit our website  for information about using international airmail, the Federal ... Read More»

Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ... Read More»

What does Brexit hold for U.S. Companies in 2021?

The UK officially left the EU on January 31, 2020 and will end its transition period on December 31, 2020. Find out what you need to know to continue doing business after the transition. In addition to a market overview, topics will include travel and immigration, cross-border trade (U.S.-UK and UK–EU), and updates on potential ... Read More»

30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA for short) became law in 1990 that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places.  July 26th, 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the ADA. The purpose of the law is to make sure that ... Read More»

State Department releases 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report

Now in it’s 20th year,  the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement ... Read More»

SelectUSA Investment Summit Rescheduled to June 2021

SELECTUSA INVESTMENT SUMMIT RESCHEDULED June 6-9, 2021 Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C.   Given the uncertainty facing a large number of public events around the world due to the progression of COVID-19, the SelectUSA Investment Summit has been rescheduled to take place on June 6-9, 2021, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. More details including ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy London, United Kingdom (March 25, 2020)

Location:  United Kingdom Event:  Health Alert The Department of State encourages all U.S. citizens to enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security and health updates. On March 23, Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined strict new measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus.  The new measures include the closure of shops selling non-essential goods, libraries, playgrounds, outdoor ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy London, United Kingdom (March 23, 2020)

Location:  United Kingdom Event:  Health Alert The UK Department of Health & Social Care confirmed 5,683 cases of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom as of March 22, 2020. U.S. government personnel are being advised to telework, whenever possible.  In accordance with guidance from local authorities, staff reporting to the U.S. Embassy are strongly advised to ... Read More»

DOJ Live Stream Event: New Initiative in Protecting Children from Online Online Sexual Exploitation

LIVE STREAM: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and partners from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom will launch a new initiative to combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse on Thursday, March 5 at 12:30 p.m. EST at the Department of Justice. Read More»

Urgent Information for Visa Applicants Regarding Novel Coronavirus

Entry of aliens who were present in China, excluding the Special Autonomous Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation Read More»

Save the date for the 2020 SelectUSA Investment Summit

The next SelectUSA Investment Summit returns to the Washington Hilton on June 1-3, 2020. The 2020 Investment Summit will build on the success of 2019, including a return of the SelectUSA Tech program, Industry Row, and the dynamic mobile networking app. Topics ranging from infrastructure to workforce development will once again feature prominent industry experts ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy London

Location:  United Kingdom, countrywide Event:  Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. Out of an abundance of caution, U.S. Embassy personnel are instructed to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness.  For additional information, please read ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy / BAAS Small Grants Programme

The British Association for American Studies, supported by the United States Embassy, London, offers small grants for cultural, educational and outreach activities that will foster American Studies and otherwise enhance the understanding of the United States in the United Kingdom. Read More»

Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge

NATIONAL SECURITY & DEFENSE Issued on: December 16, 2019 On December 16, 1944, Nazi forces launched their last major offensive campaign on the Western Front of World War II, deep in the Ardennes Forest.  In what would become known as the Battle of the Bulge, the United States and Allied Forces unleashed one of the most consequential—and tenacious—operations in modern ... Read More»

Security Alert from the U. S. Embassy for the Holiday Season 2019

Security Alert U.S. Embassy London November 27 2019 Location:  United Kingdom, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, security measures in the United Kingdom remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by violent extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Violent extremists continue to focus on locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, ... Read More»

In photos: The Berlin Wall

By: Sait Serkan Gurbuz – Nov 5, 2019 A barbed-wire barrier that became a 155-kilometer network of concrete walls, the Berlin Wall divided democratic West Berlin from Soviet-controlled East Berlin from 1961 until 1989. Despite the Communist regime’s claim that the heavily guarded wall was a defensive measure, it effectively prevented East Germans from seeking freedom in the ... Read More»

5G: Who can you trust?

Emerging 5G wireless networks will change the world. New interconnected applications will revolutionize businesses, improve infrastructure and transform personal communications. These new applications will be central to our lives, so keeping all this data secure is more important than ever. But how can you protect against violations of your privacy? What about stolen business secrets ... Read More»

Statement from the President on the Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.  He was the founder and leader of ISIS, the most ruthless and violent terror organization in the World.  The United States has been searching for Baghdadi for many years.  Capturing or killing Baghdadi has been the ... Read More»

U.S. Announces $1.21 Billion to Support Blue Economy

Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach announced the United States’ 23 new commitments valued at 1.21 billion dollars to promote sustainable fisheries; combat marine debris; and support marine science, observation, and exploration. The primary focus of Our Ocean conferences is for invitees to announce significant, new voluntary actions ... Read More»

The United States and the United Kingdom Host 16th International Strategic Trade Controls and Border Security Conference in Edinburgh

The United States and the United Kingdom are hosting the 16th International Strategic Trade Controls and Border Security Conference in Edinburgh October 22-24, 2019. This conference brings together more than 200 export control and border security practitioners from 85 partner countries involved in dual-use and conventional arms policy, licensing, and enforcement to promote the development ... Read More»

Why is America concerned about 5G?

Next year, fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology will begin to form the backbone of future economies and public services. It will touch every part of our lives, from cellphones to self-driving cars, to critical services such as electrical grids and water systems. “With all of these services relying on 5G networks, the stakes for safeguarding these ... Read More»

World Travel Market (WTM) and Travel Forward 2019

Taking place from November 4-6, 2019 at the ExCel Conference Center in London, World Travel Market (WTM) and Travel Forward will gather over 60,000 visitors with travel suppliers, tour operators, media, technology providers, and technology buyers from around the globe. WTM will also be celebrating 40 years in 2019! The Commercial Service UK is working to promote the U.S. ... Read More»

Meet with U.S. Companies at Infosecurity Europe

The U.S. Commercial Service will be supporting U.S. exhibitors at Infosecurity Europe, the leading European trade exhibition for the rapidly growing market for IT and Cyber Security. About 140 U.S. companies will be exhibiting at Infosec19 and showcasing the latest in information security solutions and products. Infosecurity Europe features: over 400 exhibitors with the most ... Read More»

EducationUSA Interactive: The EducationUSA Academy 

Do you want to study in the U.S.? Would you like to experience life as an America college student? Gain an insider’s perspective on higher education in the United States while also getting the opportunity to experience and enjoy campus life during your school holidays!  If you are an international high school student (ages 15-17), ... Read More»

What Memorial Day means to Americans

The Memorial Day holiday is observed on the last Monday of May, a time of year when weather is turning warmer and schools and universities are adjourning for summer break. To Americans, Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer. Many people attend parades, go to the beach or have cook-outs with friends and ... Read More»

British American Business Council (BABC) Annual Transatlantic Conference

Are you interested in Transatlantic Trade? Looking at opportunities in North America? Start building business relationships and grow your network at the Annual Conference. The Transatlantic conference is happening in Birmingham in June.  Once a year the British American Business Council (:BABC) Network brings together companies of all its 23 chapters throughout the US, Canada ... Read More»

On the Release of the 18th Edition of To Walk the Earth In Safety Report

“This 18th Edition of To Walk the Earth In Safety summarizes the United States’ Conventional Weapons Destruction (CWD) programs in 2018. … Thanks to the U.S. Congress’ bipartisan support and generosity of the American people, we can attest that our goal remains a future in which all may walk the earth in safety”   To ... Read More»

International visitors to U.S. on the rise [infographic]

People from all over the world are visiting the United States in growing numbers and spending more money during their travels, according to the latest data from the National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Read More»

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

Frequently Asked Questions What is the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF)? An arms control agreement signed in 1987 between the United States and the Soviet Union to eliminate all nuclear and conventional missiles with ranges of 500–5,500 km. Germany and other European Allies were critically important to encouraging both the United States and the USSR ... Read More»

Medicare Cards with New ID Number – Registration Problems

MEDICARE CARDS WITH NEW ID NUMBER Federal Benefits Unit, London U.S. Embassy London   Posted January 27, 2019 by the Federal Befits/Social Security Office at the U.S. Embassy London. The Center for Medicare Services online registration process does NOT accept foreign postal codes. You can request a replacement Medicare Card through our office.  Please email  as follows: Use a ... Read More»

We are holding another Auction!

The U.S. Embassy, London, United Kingdom is selling surplus property via web based online auction. The auction opens for bidding 08:00am GMT, Friday, December 07 and closes 4:00pm GMT, Friday, December 14, 2018. Surplus Property is being sold according to the regulations of the U.S. Department of State.  Each lot has an assigned unique number ... Read More»

Common Scams & How to Avoid Them

Scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to obtain personal details. There is no one group of people who are more likely to become a victim of a scam; all of us may be targeted by an elaborate scam at some point in time here in the United Kingdom. Read More»

U.S. Department of Labor releases Reports on Child Labor and Forced Labor around the World

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today released two reports that shine a spotlight on child labor and forced labor in nations around the world: the eighth edition of the List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor and the 17th annual edition of the Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor. These reports, ... Read More»

Voting in the 2018 U.S. House and Senate Elections

Your Vote Counts! Did you know that many U.S. elections for House and Senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot ... Read More»

US Citizens Voting in 2018 Elections

 VOTING IN 2018 U.S. ELECTIONS Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided  by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Edinburgh

Location: Throughout Scotland and U.S. Consulate General Edinburgh Event: Several demonstrations are being planned surrounding the visit of the President of the United States to Scotland on July 13 and July 14, 2018. Several of the events are expected to attract large crowds and there will be road closures in connection with those events. Demonstrations ... Read More»

SelectUSA – 7 Days Until Showtime

After months of planning and collaboration, the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit will kick off just one week from today – and yes, there’s still time to register. The premier foreign direct investment (FDI) event in the United States will bring together international business investors and economic development organizations from all corners of the country to ... Read More»

SelectUSA’s $30 Billion Impact on the U.S. Economy

Since 2007, the SelectUSA program has worked with thousands of clients to support job-creating Foreign direct investment in the United States. In June the SelectUSA team hit a major milestone, having now facilitated more than $30 billion in client-verified business investment projects. Read More»

Infosecurity Europe

Europe’s Number One Information Security Event will take place June 5-7, 2018 at London’s Olympia exhibition center. Strategically held each year in London, which is the center for Europe’s tech start-up scene, lnfosecurity Europe is the region’s largest and most comprehensive information security event. Infosecurity Europe features over 400 exhibitors, the most diverse range of new ... Read More»

Raremark Finds Opportunity with SelectUSA

European medical technology company Raremark joined SelectUSA on an investment mission to make contacts and find opportunities in Austin, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. The company made contacts with key decision makers to help with its U.S. expansion plans. Founder Julie Walters talks about the opportunities afforded by the trip:     Read More»

U.S. Embassy’s Women in STEM Engagement: A Day with An Aspiring Science Diplomat

The first Saudi woman to combine the fields of medicine and diplomacy, Dr. al Shouli was inspired by the Science Diplomacy conference to one day represent her country as a female science minister. Read More»

We can help you connect with U.S. suppliers at JEC World 2018

Are you a UK company attending JEC World 2018?  If yes, then we can help you connect with U.S. suppliers at JEC World 2018. Event Dates  JEC World 2018 March 6-8, 2018 Paris, France JEC World is the largest event in the world for composite materials and technologies.  It is the international meeting place for ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Limited Consular Services from December 15-18, 2017

Consular services at the U.S. Embassy in London and the U.S. Consulate General in Edinburgh will be severely limited from Friday, December 15 through Monday, December 18, 2017, due to maintenance of our computer systems. During this time, the consular sections in London and Edinburgh will be unable to issue U.S. passports, even in emergency ... Read More»

Registration is OPEN for the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that registration is now OPEN for for the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit. The 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit will take place on June 20-22, 2018, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center near Washington. The goal is to connect global business leaders with U.S. states and their economic development organizations (EDOs) ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Protests

December 06, 2017 The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  The U.S. Embassy in London reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and ... Read More»

Europe Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season. U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events. This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the ... Read More»

U.S. Pavilion at DSEI 2017

DSEI 12-14 September 2017 Excel Exhibition Centre, London United Kingdom   The U.S. Commercial Service will be supporting U.S. exhibitors at the Defence Systems & Equipment International Exhibition (DSEI), one of the world’s leading defense and security exhibition with over 34,000 attendees. The audience will include top level international military staff, major procurement officials, and the entire industry supply chain, from large ... Read More»

The United States Urges Establishment of a Power-Sharing Government in Northern Ireland

Press Statement by Heather Nauert U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Washington, DC 05 July 2017 The United States regrets that the political parties in Northern Ireland have not yet reached an agreement to establish a power-sharing regional government following elections in March. We urge the region’s two largest parties, the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein, ... Read More»

Happy Birthday, America!

This year the U.S, Embassy London and Consulates celebrated the Declaration of Independence a little earlier than usual. Check out the photos on Flickr from the Embassy’s Independence Day party at Winfield House , the official U.S. Ambassador’s residence in London! We also created a 360-degree video of the fireworks –  you can rotate the view using the control in the top-left ... Read More»

Here’s a free poster for the 4th of July

The United States marks its Independence Day on July 4, the day in 1776 when representatives of the 13 American colonies voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” the declaration proclaims. Among them: that all people are created equal, that governments derive their power from the consent of ... Read More»

Secretary Tillerson Official Travel to London

U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson will make his first official visit to London on Friday, May 26th, to meet with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and extend condolences for the May 22 terrorist attack in Manchester on behalf of the American people to the British people and Her Majesty’s Government. Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Incident at Manchester Arena

23 May 2017 Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Incident at Manchester Arena (updated at 13:55 BST) The U.S. Embassy in London informs U.S. citizens of a major incident that occurred on the night of May 22 at Manchester Arena in Manchester.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area, heed instructions from UK ... Read More»

New Embassy Benefits

One of the primary goals of Kieran Timberlake’s design is to demonstrate exceptional environmental leadership that is at or beyond the leading edge of practice when the building is completed. The design team established the following goals above and beyond the already stringent requirements established by the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations for the New ... Read More»

Europe Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This Travel Alert was updated on May 1, 2017 and expires on September 1, 2017. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, ... Read More»

Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys exhibition in Grosvenor Square

April 6 marks the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. entry into WWI.  Standing side by side, the U.S. and the UK have fought together in nearly every war since WWI.  More than two million American soldiers, or Doughboys as they were known, served in Europe during the war. In commemoration, on  April 6 2017 the U.S. Embassy is ... Read More»

Centenary of U.S. Involvement in World War I

U.S. Embassy London will commemorate the centennial of our nation entering World War I throughout 2017. We invite the public to join us in educational programs, art exhibitions, remembrance activities, and outreach events to honor the sacrifices of the past, to highlight our Special Relationship, and to stand #sidebyside in securing a peaceful future. The ... Read More»

2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit

2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit: Registration is Open! Save the date for the 2017 SelectUSA Summit, from June 18-20, 2017 in Washington, DC.  Registration is now OPEN! Further information is available on the SelectUSA website .   Participants networking in SelectUSA 2016 entry hall We’re thrilled to announce that registration is open for the fourth SelectUSA Investment Summit in ... Read More»

Register and Request Your Ballot for 2017 Elections, including Special Elections

Just voted in November? Still traveling or living overseas? You should register and request your absentee ballot to vote again in 2017 to ensure your election office knows where to send your ballot for any upcoming special elections for federal office. Some states are also holding gubernatorial or other statewide elections this year. The Federal Voting Assistance ... Read More»

The Art of Resilience Exhibition, January 2017

U.S. Embassy London Cultural Affairs Office 18 January 2017 4.9 million Syrians are documented refugees; another 6.6 million are displaced within Syria.  Beyond these statistics of struggle and strife are stories of great courage, contribution, and creativity that serve as a testament to the spirit and strength of the Syrian people. The Art of Resilience ... Read More»

European Healthcare Startup Investment Mission to the U.S.

A 5 day tour through three major American cities with strong healthcare markets, connecting participants to potential partners, customers, and industry leaders.   About the program A 5 day tour through three major American cities with strong healthcare markets, connecting participants to potential partners, customers, and industry leaders. Tour includes workshops, meetings and networking opportunities ... Read More»

DS-160 & Uploading a Photograph

Applicants have reported that they are experiencing problems when uploading a photograph to the DS-160. The confirmation photo page indicates that they have not uploaded a photo, even though on the preceding page they have received the message that their photo has successfully been uploaded. If you are experiencing this issue, try the following steps: ... Read More»

To Walk the Earth in Safety 2016

State Department releases 2016 issue of “To Walk the Earth in Safety” report, documenting the United States commitment to conventional weapons destruction. Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC 17 November 2016 “Since 1993, the United States has provided more than $2.6 billion in assistance in more than 95 countries for CWD programs, delivering the expertise and ... Read More»

The 2016 U.S. Election is just a few days away!

The 2016 U.S. Election is just a few days away. This is a reminder that the U.S. Embassy is NOT a polling place; do not come to the U.S. Embassy on Election Day (November 8) to cast your vote. If you are still looking to vote in this year’s election, it may not be too ... Read More»

Are you a Chinese passport holder with 10-year B1/B2, B1 or B2 (visitor) visa?

Beginning November 29, 2016, Chinese passport holders with 10-year B1/B2, B1 or B2 (visitor) visas are required to enroll in Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) when traveling to the United States by air or sea carrier or entering by a land port of entry. If you do not have a valid EVUS enrollment, you will ... Read More»

Are you an Overseas Voter who has yet to vote? It is not too late!

With less than 30 days to Election day you can still have a say in who is elected! If you haven’t received your absentee ballot, use the FWAB backup ballot at If you need further information, this handy FWAB overview, explains the process. Click here for further information.   Read More»

#ProudOverseasVoter Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in ... Read More»

The registration period for DV-2018 opens today, October 4, at noon, EDT

If you are thinking of applying to register for DV-2018, you need to know the facts. The registration period for DV-2018 opens at noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Tuesday, October 4, 2016, and closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, Monday, November 7, 2016.  You can only register for the program during the registration period.  Be aware ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Recent Robberies in Central London

U.S. Embassy London informs U.S. citizens that the Metropolitan Police have informed the U.S. Embassy of recent robberies and muggings in central London.  In several of the incidents, assailants riding motorbikes have tried to snatch mobile phones, laptops, and valuables from female pedestrians.  If you are a victim, the Metropolitan Police recommend surrendering the requested ... Read More»

Sept 27 is National Voter Registration Day!

Today, National Voter Registration Day, is a great day to share FVAP’s top 5 things U.S. Military and Overseas Citizens need to know to vote absentee. Know that your absentee ballot counts the same as ballots cast at the poll site. All ballots submitted according to State laws are counted in every election. The media ... Read More»

DV-2018 Program: Registration Period is Announced

DV-2018 Program: Online registration for the DV-2018 Program begins on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-4). For DV-2018, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these ... Read More»

Worldwide Caution, 9 September 2016

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about relevant events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that terrorist groups continue to plan attacks in ... Read More»

Important Notice for Diversity Visa (DV) 2017 Entrants

Additional entrants have been added to “selected” status on the Entrant Status Check (ESC) website Please use your unique confirmation number to verify your status. Successful entrants are encouraged to complete the online DS-260 application immediately, so that an interview appointment at the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate can be scheduled. Embassies and consulates ... Read More»

Custom Email Links

Custom Email Links In addition to the Link Text the 4 parameters which can be configured are as follows: subject – for the subject line, cc – for sending a carbon copy, bcc – for sending a blind carbon copy, body – for the message’s body text. These types of mail links should be pasted ... Read More»

Permanent Resident Card (I-551) Samples

Please Note If you are in possession of an expired Permanent Resident Card (I-551) as shown below, the airlines may allow you to board without penalty provided the card was issued with a 10-year expiration date. Therefore you should check with your airline before  requesting a Transportation Letter . Here are two sample Permanent Resident Cards: Read More»

Interested in studying at a U.S. university? Come to USA College Day!

USACollegeDay – the largest U.S. university fair in the UK is on 25-26 September in London. If you are considering undergraduate study in the US, USA College Day is not to be missed! At College Day you will have the opportunity to speak with over 180 exhibitors representing universities in the US and educational service ... Read More»

New Embassy – News archive & Timeline

Abbreviations used: CAC = Controlled Access Compound NLE = New London Embassy 2015 December 2015 Topping-out ceremony. November 2015 Internal curtain wall completed for the Pacific forest and Mid Atlantic gardens Curtain Wall installation has moved onto level 8. Raised flooring installation continues levels 1 through 3 The glazing on the CAC’s has started and continues ... Read More»

Innovative and Useful U.S. Cluster Mapping Tool

16 April 2015 When you think of business and investment opportunities in the United States, where’s the best place to start? America is made up of 50 states plus territories and each location has its own unique economic profile. The U.S. Cluster Mapping Tool, a combined effort of the Harvard Business School and the U.S. ... Read More»

U.S. Aircraft Carrier Theodore Roosevelt and Destroyer Winston S. Churchill To Visit Portsmouth

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor L. Jackson, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) are scheduled to pull in to Portsmouth, U.K., for the first port visit ... Read More»

OBO in London – The New London Embassy

The  Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO)  directs the worldwide overseas building program for the Department of State and the U.S. Government community serving abroad. In concert with other State Department bureaus, foreign affairs agencies, and Congress, OBO sets worldwide priorities for the design, construction, acquisition, maintenance, use, and sale of real properties and the use of sales proceeds. OBO’s mission ... Read More»

The old American Embassy London Chancery Building

As of January 2018 the U.S. Embassy in London is now located in a new building in Nine Elms . History The United States has been associated with Grosvenor Square in London’s Mayfair since the late eighteenth century when John Adams, the first United States Minister to the Court of St. James’s, lived from 1785 to 1788 in the house ... Read More»

U.S. Government Exchange Program

On Thursday, January 15, seven Scottish athletes who participated on a U.S. Government exchange program met with Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement, and Mental Health at the Scottish Government to share their experiences with him.  The group also met the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, the Rt. Hon. Tricia Marwick MSP, ... Read More»

2015: The Year to Launch and Scale in the United States

The United Kingdom and Ireland are both home to flourishing tech startups looking for the right opportunities to grow globally.  The United States is the logical target for their expansion, especially given its 320 million consumers, free trade agreements with 20 other markets, and massive market for technology purchases. So how can  SelectUSA , the U.S. ... Read More»

Senior Officials on Kerry’s Meetings in Islamabad, Pakistan

MODERATOR: Okay, so I know it’s late. This is a background briefing reading out the Secretary’s meetings this evening. We will not make this a marathon. We’ll just give a quick overview. QUESTION: Let’s make it a very short sprint. MODERATOR: Excellent. We’ll just give a quick overview and take a few questions — QUESTION: ... Read More»

Nominate someone to attend a screening of Selma at the U.S. Embassy

We are offering two tickets to attend a screening of Selma at the United States Embassy in London. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The screening will be on 22nd January ... Read More»

Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at the London Conference on Afghanistan

Thank you very much, all of you, for being here. And thank you for the privilege of being part of this very important conference. And I want to thank Prime Minister Cameron for hosting and, you, President Ghani for cohosting this effort. We saw each other in Brussels. You’ve been on a whirlwind tour, and ... Read More»

HSI-led probe leads to arrest of 2 UK men allegedly linked to pre-release leak of The Expendables 3

LONDON – Two men from northern England have been arrested by authorities in the United Kingdom after a probe initiated by Los Angeles-based special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) linked the pair to the pre-release leak earlier this year of The Expendables 3. The suspects, a 36-year-old man ... Read More»

United States and United Kingdom Law Enforcement Share Forfeited Proceeds

U.S. Embassy, London October 16, 2014 018-14 @USAinUKPress   In 2005, United Kingdom (UK) authorities began a financial investigation targeting a Dubai, UAE-based money laundering network  after drug investigations determined that the organization was providing illicit financial services to multiple, otherwise unrelated, Drug Trafficking Organizations throughout Europe.  This effort evolved into a bilateral joint investigation ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Media Note: CBRN Security Assistance for Ukraine

On June 30, the United States and Canada hosted a “Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, and Radiological (CBRN) Security Assistance” meeting at the High Commission of Canada in London to discuss Ukraine’s existing CBRN assistance needs. Several members of the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (Global Partnership), including Ukraine, other ... Read More»

Ambassador Barzun Meets with Friends and Family of “Cheeki Rafiki” Sailors

20 May 2014 U.S. Embassy, London May 20, 2014 010-14 @USAinUKpress   On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Ambassador Matthew Barzun met in his office with families and friends of the four missing British sailors. He listened to their concerns, and joined them in welcoming the news that the search has been resumed. The United States Coast ... Read More»

US-UK Law Enforcement Agency Cooperation Results in Arrest of Child Sex Offender

U.S. Embassy, London February 06, 2014 @USAinUKPress 004-14   Office of Public Affairs U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) News Release   LOS ANGELES — An Antelope Valley landscaper is scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court Tuesday afternoon following his arrest on federal child pornography charges for allegedly generating sexually explicit images of ... Read More»

A Note on Our New Embassy

17 January 2014 (This article originally appeared on  Ambassador Barzun’s Tumblr ) AMBASSADOR BARZUN: I noticed a few news outlets this week reporting that funding for the construction of our new Embassy building may be removed. As this might cause concern among those excited and invested in the redevelopment of Nine Elms, I wanted to put minds at ... Read More»

New London Embassy construction site panorama #2

Here is our second panorama photo of the construction site for our new London Embassy, viewed from the East.  Nine Elms Lane is on the right side of the photo. Accommodation and office facilities (green pre-fab buildings in the lower left hand side of the photo) are being erected. There are two stories now and ... Read More»

New London Embassy construction site panorama #1

Here is a panorama photo of the construction site for our new London Embassy, viewed from the East.  Nine Elms Lane is on the right side of the photo. Building works are on-going for the installation of diaphragm walls and production piles. Four (4) test piles are currently under way around the site. A large ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy London remembers the Centenary of the U.S. Entry into WWI with the City of London

Outdoor photo exhibition at the London Guildhall, April 2017. Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-18 is an outdoor art exhibition, the latest in an acclaimed series photographed by Michael St. Maur Sheil, which documents the battlefields of the First World War and tells the story of the U.S. entry into WWI. The  exhibition  can ... Read More»

New Embassy Design Concept

Winning design concept   As Prepared by KieranTimberlake KieranTimberlake’s concept for the New London Embassy is the result of their efforts to resolve, in architectural terms, what an embassy aspires to be and what present realities dictate it must do. The expressive challenge is to give form to the core beliefs of our democracy – transparency, openness, ... Read More»
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